Marching with Women of Diverse Origins in Montreal

For the past 11 years, each year on March 8th, the Montreal-based Women of Diverse Origins has been celebrating the International Women’s Day by calling upon women of various ethnic backgrounds, indigenous communities, Trans-Women and all other “minority” women groups. The common goal is to “convey solidarity for feminist struggles of liberation across the world and to celebrate our resistance!”

Tonight about 500 women and men, some with baby carriers marched the streets of downtown Montreal for over an hour, while shouting the slogans, singing with the music, and carrying placards. Unlike last year, which many different groups of Iranian expatriates had attended the march, tonight the only group present with placards and leaflets was the Iranian Women Association of Montreal. Their demands: Free political prisoners, Abolish discriminatory laws against women, No to death penalty NO to war with Iran.  See the two short videos I uploaded on Youtube. Quality is not great, but will give you some ideas of the mood.

Happy International Women’s Day!    

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Goes straight to the heart

Here is our IGA (a supermarket) initiative over a 10 day period on the occasion of  Valentine’s Day: Pay $2 extra with each purchase to get this sticker, sign and post it on the supermarket’s wall. The collected money goes to the Heart Foundation of Canada – to help advance research on heart disease, and perhaps save the heart of one person you love! The money “goes straight to the heart”, as they have called the imitative. This is what I call a meaningful valentine’s contribution Red heart

Pomegranate rediscovered

In 2006, Marsha Mehran published her first culinary fiction called “Pomegranate Soup” – It is a charming, fairy tale like story of three Iranian sisters who settle in a remote village in Ireland; start their cozy restaurant and in no time conquer the heart of the initially-skeptical villagers through their unique Persian beauty, warm hospitality and most important of all the strain of mind-blowing and heavenly-smelling Persian foods, side dishes, soups and desserts.

The title of the book was cleverly selected to give an air of exoticism – which represented the essence of the book. That’s right, up until a few years ago not so many people in the western world were familiar with pomegranate as a fruit, let alone as a soup’s substance! Well, things have changed dramatically since then. …

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A Fall drive


Today was thanksgiving and I had no idea how thankful I would be by the end of the day! It was a gorgeous sunny day. My husband and I drove to Oka Park, to the breath-taking autumn sceneries, stretched along both sides of the road almost all the way.

The pictures below are much more descriptive of the natural beauties than my words could possibly be. But there was one significant incident that my camera failed to capture! On our way back trough Saint Joseph au Lac, we were stuck in traffic (which we did not mind, as we were busy watching Halloween-decorated shops and freshly picked pumpkins and cheerful clusters of people) when I noticed a sign reading “pain aux pommes”. Read the rest of this entry »

It is Only Sound That Remains: Some Reflections

In a candle lit reception hall at Baha’i centre in downtown Montreal about fifty of us gathered in an intimate setting to listen to “It is Only Sound that remains”; a powerful and sensitive account of life of Ziba Kazemi and of those who were deeply touched by her life and death.

The event, co-sponsored and co-produced by Montreal Life Stories Project, COHD, Kazemi Foundation, and Vivacite Montreal was initially performed on April 2011 at Concordia University and will be staged for a third time next Thursday September 29th at the same location.

‘It is Only Sound That Remains’ is foremost a performance through sound: The sounds assembled from kazemi’s archival footage, recorded voices and interviews with Stephan Kazemi, enriched with soundscapes, and Persian music, and of course performing artists’ voices…. Read the rest of this entry »

Ziba Kazemi: Celebrating her life to remember injustice

Ziba Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist, was murdered by the Islamic Regime of Iran in 2003 while in custody. She was arrested on charges of taking pictures of prisoners’ families who had gathered outside the notorious Evin prison. Ziba was born in Shiraz in 1949 and spent most of her life in France and Canada. She resided in Montreal with her only child, Stephan , who was in his early 20s at the time of his mother’s death. The circumstances of Ziba’s brutal death at the hands of Islamic regime, her courage in confronting the officials, and her family’s five-year battle in launching a law suit against the government of Iran brought international recognition and support – including from organizations such as Canadian Centre for International Justice and Amnesty International, and the worldwide media attention to her case – albeit sparingly.

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TamTams Festival: A photo report

Ever Sunday afternoon all summer long, at Parc du Mont Royal, right at Sir George-Etienne Cartier, there is People’s Tam Tam festival and much more going on. Do not miss it if you ever come to Montreal!  See more pictures below. Read the rest of this entry »

Jean Paul Gaultier @ Montreal’s Fine Arts Museum

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June-October, 2011

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Fierté Montréal Pride: VIVA Montreal!

For a big selection of this amazing parade in Montreal, please go to my flicker account.

Divers/Cité: VIVA Montreal!

25-31 July, downtown Montreal

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